Verb incorporation in Guarani causative constructions

Julianne E Hammink, University of Texas at El Paso


This thesis examines Guarani mbo- causative constructions within Baker's (1988) incorporation theory, which proposes that 'causativization' of verbs via a causative affix is a case of verb incorporation. ^ Guarani nonverbal predicates present a challenge for Baker's (2003) assertion that independently motivated principles of grammar prevent nonverbal predicates from undergoing the head movement involved in verb incorporation, because two classes of Guarani nonverbal predicates are able to combine freely with the causative affix mbo-. ^

Subject Area

Language, Linguistics

Recommended Citation

Hammink, Julianne E, "Verb incorporation in Guarani causative constructions" (2006). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1434297.